Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company Media Wing


Irvine, Calif.-based American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE) has acquired Media Wing LLC, dba AirShark, a New Hampshire-based drone data collection and video production company.

Founded in 2005, ARE is a provider of bridge management and safety services to private railroads and public transportation authorities. The acquisition expands ARE’s engineering, software development, bridge inspection services and nationwide footprint to include unmanned flight operations, image analysis, GIS modeling and video-rendering.

Founded in 2015, Media Wing acquired AirShark in 2016 – a GIS mapping and data analytics firm specializing in UAVs – to enhance its remote sensing and data processing capabilities.

“We are very pleased to have Media Wing and AirShark as part of the ARE team,” comments Dave Anderson, CEO of ARE. “Bringing the companies together adds extraordinary value to the deliverables we provide and the ability for us to help our clients make informed decisions.”

Fred Depuy, founder of Media Wing, adds, “Each company embraces a culture of safety, professionalism, innovative thinking and continuous improvement that offers the market an exciting value proposition.”

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